UPDATED ALERT: Gov. Snyder declares Wayne, Oakland and Macomb 'State of Emergency': Taylor special trash pick up scheduled for flood-related items on Saturday, August 16

Governor Rick Snyder today (Wednesday, August 13) declared Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties in a state of emergency, due to severe weather and flooding earlier this week.

The declaration opens the door for more funding for the flooded areas. 

According to a report in The Detroit News, property owners are asked to work with their insurance agent or provider to file a claim. They can also call the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services at (877) 999-6442 for additional questions or concerns, Snyder said in the statement.

Taylor special trash pick-up

The City of Taylor has scheduled a FREE special trash pickup for flood-related items on Saturday, August 16, Mayor Rick Sollars announced.
This is for flood-related trash only. 

Residents interested in this special pick-up MUST register through the City Hall Customer Service Center by noon on Friday. Only residents who register before noon on Friday, August 15, will be able to participate in this pick up. 

Residents who encountered flooding problems should register by calling (734) 287-6550, or they can register in person at the Customer Service desk in City Hall. As of Tuesday, August 12, the City received between 50 and 100 calls from residents whose homes were hit by flooding. 

Midwest Sanitation will begin its special pick-ups at 8 a.m. and will likely be done by noon. Residents should have their items placed at the curb by that 8 a.m. start, if not before. All pick-ups will be assigned based on the registered calls and walk-ins to City Hall only.

August 12 was also the day that Executive Robert Ficano declared a state of emergency in Wayne County.

Please take note of the following:
  • Monroe Street underpass at I-94 remains flooded
  • Eureka Road underpass at I-75 remains flooded 
  • There were some concerns earlier this week about the Buckeye Partners terminal location on Ecorse Road. During and after the heavy rainfall, there was some surface oil in the flooded lots of the terminal. According to Buckeye officials, the terminal immediately shutdown and investigated the matter. Vacuum trucks were called in and completely cleaned the lot. Officials said that no oil left the site. No major problems were found at the facility, although the investigation continues into confirming the exact source of the oil
  • According to reports, Taylor firefighters performed 16 rescues of drivers caught in Monday's storm waters 
Reviewing Monday's storm:
  • Total event rainfall - 4.4 inches over approximately 10 hours
  • High 4 hours (4 to 8 p.m.)- 3.77 inches (which is over the 100-year storm event threshold)
  • High 2 hours (6-8 p.m.) - 2.19 inches (over the 10-year storm event threshold)
  • High hour (6-7 p.m.) - 1.24 inches (under the 10-year threshold)
  • High 30 minutes (6:23-6:53 p.m.)- 0.79 inches (just under a 10-year event threshold)